The research analyzed 30 studies conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77. The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results. A significant conclusion revealed that for people who were formerly married the risks of heart-related disease were higher than for people currently married. The divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, the study found.
The risk of dying was elevated for the non-married: by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke. Men were more susceptible to have stroke. Interesting fact, it was not possible to know whether, statistically, same-sex unions were the equivalent of being wed. Reagarding this study, however, no clear conclusions could be drawn as to cause-and-effect. But people living in couples, earlier research has shown, also have lower rates of dementia. Getting married is unlikely to become a public health recommendation, of course.